Canoeists paddling across Canada

Six canoeists pushed off from Rocky Mountain House last Thursday as part of a trip across Canada.

Six canoeists pushed off from Rocky Mountain House last Thursday as part of a trip across Canada.

They are travelling 5,000 kms from Rocky Mountain House to Lachine, Que., which was the traditional departure point for the North West Company, in a 7.6 metre (25-foot) voyager canoe.

They made it to Edmonton and spent the night in Fort Saskatchewan on Tuesday before heading to Saskatoon, where they are scheduled for their first resupply.

The expedition is in support of outdoor and experiential education. Specifically they are raising funds for three programs: Camp Outlook, a wilderness camp for youth experiencing social, behavioural and economic challenges in Kingston, Ont.; Camp Couchiching’s Community Initiative in Orillia, Ont.; and Pine Project, a Toronto-based organization that brings the natural environment to the urban landscape.

To donate to these causes as the modern-day voyageurs continue their trek visit www.paddleacrosscanadatour.org.